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EK 52, Inkster 33 (MLive Article)

Posted Friday, September 04, 2009 by Justin Robbins
Original text of this article can be found at: http://highschoolsports.mlive.com/news/article/2903955509124772189/east-kentwoods-offense-steals-show-from-inkster-quarterback-in-win/

East Kentwood's offense steals show from Inkster quarterback in win

, September 03, 2009 11:56 p.m.

KENTWOOD -- East Kentwood dealt with one of the top high school quarterbacks in the country Thursday by focusing on its own offense.

Inkster quarterback Devin Gardner more than lived up to his lofty credentials, but the Falcons' offense stole the show in a 52-33 victory.

Gardner is ranked the state's No. 1 quarterback and among the top five in the country, according to some publications. Aside from one crucial fumble, the University of Michigan-bound senior was outstanding in accounting for nearly 500 total yards, completing 19-of-30 passes for 389 yards and three touchdowns and adding two rushing touchdowns.

But Inkster's defense was no match for the Falcons, who put up seven touchdowns and 495 total yards.

"We respect his talent, but we focus on what we can do first," Falcons quarterback Jon Henry said of Gardner, who threw for 1,886 yards and 26 touchdowns and rushed for 1,401 yards in leading the Vikings to last year's Division 3 state title game.

Gardner raced 66 yards for a touchdown on the game's first play, but it was downhill after that for Inkster (0-2). East Kentwood, which has 14 touchdowns and 936 total yards in winning its first two games, led 32-13 with 3:41 left in the third quarter.

"Obviously, we have weapons. Our quarterback gets us in good spots and our kids are getting it," Falcons coach Greg Hudkins said. "Everyone has seen film (of Gardner) on YouTube. But we have a No. 7 at quarterback (Henry), too, and he can do a lot. But it's tough to prepare for a kid who can throw 70 yards."

East Kentwood's Jamaal Thomas had touchdown runs of 2, 16 and 10 yards, and Deonte Hurst scored from 13 and 4 yards out. Henry threw a touchdown pass of 12 yards to Deshawn Nelson and dove in from the 1.

"The offense came in with a chip on our shoulders," Thomas said. "People said we didn't have an offensive line, but we play off each other. We know they'll do the job and that we can count on each other."

Inkster coach Greg Carter said he was impressed with East Kentwood's options on offense.

"If we take away one thing, they can do something else," Carter said. "Our defense wasn't that bad, they just made us look bad."

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